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Yamikarasu
December 30th, 2008, 11:48 AM
So, I got my learner's permit yesterday, and I feel great. I was nervous when I took the test, and I had to guess a few times, but I passed with 83%. So I can finally drive legally now, as long as I have my mom with me in the car. Oh well, that's a whole lot better than where I was. I'll get my license in September when I turn 16, and that's starting to seem like an eternity to wait. :(

I know in some states, like Idaho, you can get your permit when you're 14. I don't know how they do it in other countries. So my question is this: What were some of your experiences when you first got behind a steering wheel? Were you nervous the first time you drove on a highway?

~Kavin~
December 30th, 2008, 11:52 AM
lol I used to be scared when a car rode pass me so for a long time I didn't drive near the yellow lines which caused me to drive off the road a lot trying to avoid cars coming in the opposite direction. My mom taught me to drive closer to the yellow line and that the other drivers wouldn't hit me lol

processr
December 30th, 2008, 11:53 AM
D:

I still have eight months to go before I can even take the test, and even then I sorta require a car. ._.;

Working Class Hero
December 30th, 2008, 11:53 AM
Even though I haven't got my permit yet, and I could since October, but, I still drove before. My mom's ex...ex...ex xD boyfriend when I was like 9 let me drive his car. I did really good if almost crashing it into 4 other cars isn't that bad. o.o

:3

Candy Christina
December 30th, 2008, 12:12 PM
Yes, I was most definitely nervous when I first got my permit. I still am, but not as much as I used to be. As you learn more, you start to feel more comfortable about it. I haven't been driving all that often lately since I've been busy with other things. I do drive whenever it's possible. I'm going to get my full license around April, since that's around the time that my year of driving with a parent is going to be over. I can't say I'm all that excited about it; I mean it's not that big of a deal to me.

Rockéttes
December 30th, 2008, 12:16 PM
I'm not quite old enough to get my learner's permit yet (you have to be sixteen on Ontario), but that's not to say I've never driven a car before.

My first experience behind the wheel was on my grandfather's lap when I was about seven years old. He had an old, worn-down Tracker that he'd let me scoot around out in the field with. He'd be in control of the gas and the brakes (my legs were too short), but I was the one driving. I think I was a little too carefree to be nervous back then, so I can't say it was a bad experience.

I've driven many vehicles since than, be it through an open field, some back roads, etc. Obviously, I'm a little more careful about driving than I was back then. I'm still excited to get my permit, though.

Signomi
December 30th, 2008, 12:19 PM
I have so much to say about my learning experience that I don't even know where to start, haha. But this entire year has more or less focused on me learning how to drive. It was...difficult, I never felt nervous about being behind the wheel, it was just polishing up most of my manoeuvres that I had such a tough time with. I failed my first driving test for going slightly over the speed limit, which I still thought was ridiculous. I was quite sure I failed my next test when I mounted the kerb, but it turned out that I actually passed and all my efforts really did pay off. I don't think I've ever felt as nervous as I did during the days I had those tests, but knowing I can drive freely and independently now has given me such a great feeling of satisfaction.

Candace
December 30th, 2008, 12:37 PM
Congrats!

I'm gonna rely on others. Last time I tried to drive I drove over my sis, sooo... I kinda don't wanna

SethCullen
December 30th, 2008, 12:39 PM
I know in South Dakota you can start DRIVING *alone* at age 14 and a half.

Im 14 atm, and me no have liscene. :(

jasonresno
December 30th, 2008, 12:44 PM
Don't be nervous or anything. I know it is hard to believe now. But when your instructor and parents say "It'll all become instinct and reflexes, you won't even think about it."--it's true. I was nervous when I drove at first but now I don't even think twice.

Aizuke
December 30th, 2008, 12:58 PM
In Australia, you can get a Learner's permit at the age of 15 and 9 months. Usually most schools have "Road Ready Tests" so people get their learner's permit this way. I was younger than most of my grade, (by one whole year) so I didn't get my license 'til year 12. But still then, me being a big procastinator, I didn't bother to get my license 'til the year after. I would say I only got my license because my parents were going overseas, so they needed someone to drive around and do the errands. But now I see that having my license is pretty good actually. But eh, learning to drive, well.. XD My dad taught me how to drive, it was nuts. This is the man who in order to teach me how to ride a 2 wheeler bike, used a big ol' stick to chase me and used the technique of fear to get me to ride a bike. XD;; Well, luckily he didn't do the same with teaching me how to drive, though he was more patient with me, still rather nerve racking. I was never nervous behind the steering wheel, I was more worried on the fact because I was a learner, other drivers around me would be impatient. I didn't have much ugly run in's with other drivings, except for one time these people drove past me screaming and scared me, so when we got to the next traffic lights, my dad started yelling at them. XD

But yeah, driving is pretty awesome, most people don't do it because of fear. But everyone has to overcome their fears and learning to drive is worth it.

Went
December 30th, 2008, 01:47 PM
Well, here in Spain, you must be 18, so... I just got the right to :x
I'll wait until I finish this year in the University, so I'll go pass the test next June. Even if I don't have a car, nor I'm planning to get one soon, having the license in case of need is always good.

Yu_&_Rei
December 30th, 2008, 01:50 PM
Well, here in Spain, you must be 18, so... I just got the right to :x
I'll wait until I finish this year in the University, so I'll go pass the test next June. Even if I don't have a car, nor I'm planning to get one soon, having the license in case of need is always good.

thats very true, and if u study the test will be too easy. Im not of age yet but my Dad taught me how to park and bring it out and such

Allstories
December 30th, 2008, 04:07 PM
Driving tests aren't as bad as you make them up to be. I got my license despite blatantly failing to parallel park correctly.

Red1530
December 31st, 2008, 01:25 PM
I just passed my road test yesterday. When I first go my permit two years ago, I was nervous when I started driving around the parking lot at my church. However I was able to quickly gain the confidence to drive on the regular roads.

Camisado
December 31st, 2008, 01:33 PM
After learning on and off for about two years, I passed my driving test in October. In England, you can get your provisional (learner) license at age 17 and then you have to pass a theory test and the ever-so-difficult practical test. Most people get manual licenses here.

I've not driven by myself yet xD What I can say is though, get loads of practice, and find a really good driving instructor (it's especially good if you aren't bothered about cost - my instructor was the best in the area but quite expensive). Get your own car to practice in. And for god's sake, do it faster than me, but do it as and when you're comfortable xD

I'm good at driving, but I'm not a confident driver, if that makes sense. I live out in the sticks but I still insist on taking the bus to and from work!

Good luck with your driving =)

Gulpin
December 31st, 2008, 01:34 PM
My sister just got her Learner's Licence. She passed the test first try, but had to go two times at the driving portion. I hope I do better!

jasonresno
December 31st, 2008, 01:41 PM
Yeah and that's another thing: Don't worry about the test either. I didn't even really have to parallel park.

Thomas
December 31st, 2008, 04:35 PM
Congrats!
I was never really nervous about driving, I always was just calm about it, then only thing I had trouble with was crossing over multiple lanes of traffic, but now I am comfortable with it.

Razer302
December 31st, 2008, 04:54 PM
I started to learm to drive a little while a go. I also practise in my own car and one thing I can say is it costs so much to run a car. I used to think the money I got from my part time job was good. Now a vast majority of my money goes on my car and I have to have a seriously insane budget one everything.

But it so much fun. I was nervous the first 5 minutes but it isn't as hard as it looks. Only part that bothers me is constant mirror checking.

December 31st, 2008, 05:44 PM
Ahh, my first day of driver education sophomore year of HS was something else...my partner had about 40 hours in while I had more like three, so our experience levels were incredibly different. I went first and did fine but nothing extravagant. He then took the wheel. He did a spectacular job, and the instructor was ecstatic. Well, he went on one more run through 'the neighbourhood', aaaaaaaand...he hit a garbage bin. I can still hear the instructor saying 'What were you looking at?!' Yep.
EDIT: forgot to mention that he knocked the passenger-side mirror off...

..it's not 14 here, but I know it is in Iowa--more rural areas kinda need it to be like that.

P.S.-the DMV is the worst place with the worst people to be at...everyone and their DUIs hang out there.

~SilverSoul
December 31st, 2008, 07:09 PM
I take my test for my permit in April. ack I'm so nervous, but excited.

my parents are being so funny about it when I mention getting a permit to them. My mom keeps instructing me on safety and stuff everytime I sit in the front and told my exactly what to do if I car I'm driving hydroplanes (something like that)

*rolls eyes* I guess it's important, but geez. Still, can't wait for my 16th birthday. I'm one of the oldest in my grade, so it'll be cool to drive before them XD

Zorua
December 31st, 2008, 07:16 PM
Here in Florida, you have to be 15 to take a test. Yep, just right on your fifteenth birthday, you can take the test and earn a permit. I'm going to take my driver's test soon, and hopefully I'm going to pass it.

If I'm going to take a written exam, I know I'm going to hate it.

Capt. Couch
December 31st, 2008, 07:30 PM
My first "real" time driving (moving six feet after removing your foot from the brake doesn't count, ;) ) wasn't too spectacular. I drove around my high school's parking lot for kicks and then drove down the street back home. I wasn't terrified, but I had this huge tendency to meander toward the shoulder, thinking that cars coming in the other direction would take the driver's side mirror clean off. It's a lot better now though.

At least now I don't have to bike down to Wal-Mart to get gum and a Mountain Dew, LOL.

POKEMON_MASTER_0
December 31st, 2008, 11:05 PM
I actually just got my permit today. I'm in Washington, so I think that you can get a permit around 15. I'm 16 and a half now, so go figure. I guess I've just never had a use for a car: I live close enough where I can walk or bike to just about everything.

I went out to an empty parking lot with my dad and drove a few laps. Once my dad was confident that I could turn and signal half-decently, I drove us home. I never really considered it before, but intersections are pretty scary. Truth be told, I'm still unsure of exactly how they work.

Other than that one intersection, everything was pretty uneventful. My parents hope that by next summer, I'll be ready to help drive the family van 1500 miles across the U.S. to do our usual vacation. I think that their expectations are set a bit high, but I'll see what happens, I guess.

Mooshykris
December 31st, 2008, 11:16 PM
I'm 17, and I've yet to get my permit...

Too much money to go to driving school...and that's before Car Insurance afterwards :<


~Mooshykris

♣Gawain♣
January 1st, 2009, 07:10 AM
I still have to enroll to driving school this summer. To be honest, I'm a bit quirky when it comes to driving cars.

Yamikarasu
January 1st, 2009, 09:37 AM
I'll probably just take driver's ed at my school next semester. They changed the rules last year and all you need is your permit, which is a lot simpler than the rules they had before.

Ayano Katagiri
January 2nd, 2009, 05:14 AM
I'm going to go for my licence this month or next hopefully, I've waited for too long already.

Silver
January 2nd, 2009, 07:55 AM
Well, I've been driving for like 4 or 5 months now already. And it's a great freeing experience. Anyways, I failed my first time for nearly hitting a car when I was pulling away from the curb, and then nearly failed my second time for almost speeding to high, and completely botching my parallel parking. :p, driving is fun. =)

austin00081
January 2nd, 2009, 04:44 PM
IMO driving sucks. You could crash/die in any random situation, you have to pay for gas every week, friends always use you for a ride, car insurance, DUI's, and the list could go on and on.

Don't look forward to getting a license/car.
It isn't as fun as you think.

Kenshin5
January 2nd, 2009, 05:08 PM
The first time I got behind the wheel was when I was 14 no permit and I drove in some neighborhood then my mom says I have had enough of this stop the car.My first experience on a main road was in drivers ed was not really worried cause he had a break on his side incase I screw up.

mustangGT90210
January 2nd, 2009, 06:22 PM
I'm able to get my license right now, have been able to since last October. But due to insurance, my dad won't let me get it untill I buy a car, which I may be doing on Sunday (Say hello '91 Bronco or '86 Mustang 5.0)

As far as feelings behind the wheel, I had no issues when I started. At first I drove a little too far to the right for comfort, but that was fixed quickly. I could comfortably drive a stick shift after the first week, and didn't even stall on my first time. Here's the trick, bet you parents you won't stall, after they accept, rev up to ~3500 rpm(4000 if it's a Honda) and drop the clutch. Oh yeah, and don't get off the gas :D

I had my first accident in February '08. Riding down a 2 lane country road with 2 cars behind me. My turn is coming up, so I start slowing down and throw on the blinker. Little did I know, the guy 2 cars back (who was ironically on my football team) didn't wanna slow down, so he jumps into the oncoming lane to pass the 2 cars that are slowing down. Mind you this all happened very fast. I start my turn and he comes flying by at about 60 I'd say and smacks the front fender of the Mustang. We just get jolted, He goes up on 2 wheels and spins 3 times, coming to rest about 2 feet from the ditch on the side of the road. Long story short, Mustang gets 4,000 in damage on it, his car just needs a new door and hubcap.

And it still doesn't deter me from driving at all. I love driving, and cars, a little accident won't change that.


@Austin, just buy a 2 seater, they'll stop asking for rides. Especially if you buy a Miata. Them things handle like go-carts, so much fun, who cares if people think it's a chick car.

kissing. raindrops
January 2nd, 2009, 11:35 PM
I got my learners two days before the holidays, I've drove 3 times, and it's fun but I can see how it can be stressful sometimes =D

Tiny
January 2nd, 2009, 11:40 PM
I got my licence a few months ago. I dont drive much though since i live in ny and theres a lot of traffic most the time. So i just take the train and bus.

austin00081
January 10th, 2009, 04:35 PM
@Austin, just buy a 2 seater, they'll stop asking for rides. Especially if you buy a Miata. Them things handle like go-carts, so much fun, who cares if people think it's a chick car.

Why would I buy a new car if
A. I even can't afford gas
B. My car is relatively new
C. I don't want a compact car
D. I don't want to be driving something that can be compared to a go-kart

Zebra Thunderhead
January 12th, 2009, 03:32 PM
I've had my license for about a year now. I've been able to drive other people in the car other than my fam for a few months. So many car dance parties. ;; srsly though, having a license is the greatest thing ever. I'd die if it ever got taken away.

Black Omega Zero
January 12th, 2009, 09:19 PM
I don't want to learn how to drive... it's just contributing to have a more polluted planet to live in...